Friday, December 28th
Illinois Chicago @ Wright State – 7pm – ESPN2
So many bowl games to choose from today… and I choose to post about college basketball. Bear with me, maybe we uncover some gold. Before I get to my free college basketball pick for tonight, let’s look at these two teams and get to know them a bit.
Coming off a winning record last year, and into league play, hopes are high for the Flames of UIC. Head coach Steve McClain would love to start off with a win on the road, where UIC is currently 0-6. This team loves to run and is led by the duo of juniors Markus Ottey and Tarkus Ferguson. The pair of guards are averaging over 30 points per game for UIC, and Ferguson also leads the team in rebounds and assists per game. With the fast pace, there are quite a few turnovers, and this could be problematic for a team that wants to push and get into a rhythm.
Wins have been tough to come by out of conference this year for the Raiders as well. Their last loss was by four points to #17 Mississippi State, without one of their leading players, Loudon Love. The team picked up without him and had three players finish with double figure scoring. Love is questionable as of right now, and his 14 points and nearly 9 rebounds will be sorely missed tonight. Coach Scott Nagy is calling Love a game time decision.
On to my free college basketball pick for tonight. Even if Loudon Love decides he can’t play tonight, Wright State still has the better team against UIC. Plus, playing at home will be the edge they need to get over the chalk they are laying. I expect a decent amount of scoring, since defense isn’t on UIC’s agenda, and in the end, IL Chicago will Flame out and lose this game.
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Wright State -7